EPISODE 11 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to! Am I the right kind of busy? Where does self-worth come from? Helping versus enabling? Being a victim versus a participant? (To hear this episode, please visit the show’s website at: calchatpodcast.com – or you can subscribe to it for free wherever you get your podcasts & you’ll be notified every time a new episode is posted. 📲 🔔)
Susan shares, in part 1 of 4, about how the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (item # P-78) impacted her life. We discuss the different types of fear in Chapter One, how service keeps us from isolating, & that we’re so glad there’s no performance review in service work!
In part 2 of 4, I ask her a question from page 23 of “When I Got Busy, I Got Better.” She explains helping vs enabling, we discuss a quote from page 2, how we could use the second half of the book in a meeting, & the difference between being grateful & thankful. A NOTE OF CAUTION: this is the first episode to include EXPLICIT language, so proceed accordingly! 😉
In part 3 of 4, her pick for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the book “From Survival To Recovery” (item # B-21) because she grew up in an alcoholic home. She highlights the chapter “Picking Up The Tools” on page 107. We also talk about why 1994 was a good year for Conference Approved Literature (CAL) & how this book marked a turning point for Al-Anon.
Susan & I talk about different ways (in part 4 of 4) to use that book for outreach purposes — including raffle baskets! We also explore how one can contribute to Al-Anon other than putting money in the Seventh Tradition basket. She singles out the section “Steps to the Future” from page 255 (or 257 depending on the book’s edition) & we remember what it was like growing up in an alcoholic home. Lastly, we look forward to the brand new Intimacy book (item # B-33) that will be debuting at Al-Anon’s 6th International Convention in Baltimore in 2018! For more info about the convention, click this link: Al-Anon International Conventions Website
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It’s a different way to enjoy & celebrate Conference Approved Literature. So, as always, I hope you enjoy & happy reading!